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Tuesday, September 01, 2015


How can I remove oil base paint from nylon carpet?


Not all dried paint is 100% removable, here are some suggestions. Use a citrus gel solvent spotter formulated for carpet. A gel stays on top of the carpet fibers and slows evaporation allowing the solvent to dissolve the paint. Volatile spotters normally contain tetrachloroethylene or perchloroethylene, suspected carcinogens. Liquid paint removers can quickly penetrate to the carpet backing and loosen or dissolve the adhesives. Both give off fumes that can be hazardous to breathe.
If hardened drops of paint are visible on the tips of cut pile, begin by carefully snipping them off with scissors. This will reduce the occurrence of dissolving and then spreading the paint. Be careful not to cut holes in the carpet.
Apply a citrus gel, allow it to sit 5-10 minutes; agitate with a nylon scraper and absorb into a towel. Apply a detergent extraction solution or general spotter and agitate again. Use caution not to fray the fiber. Thoroughly extract with hot water.
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(800) 796-4680